Scottsdale-based designer Lauren Lerner would categorize her style as modern and eclectic, and her home, a 3,200-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom, which is also the headquarters for her interior design business, is an excellent example.
“When you’re working with a client, you’re buying things that appeal to their taste,” she says. “But when I go home, I'm able to individually pick out things I really love.”
Sometimes, it’s a rug or a unique chair that will act as the jumping-off point, and Lerner enjoys taking her time curating each item to create an intentional look. “I like a lot of color, bold accents, and clean lines,” she adds.
The entryway, for example—which she calls the perfect example of her personality—includes a burl wood Worldsaway console, Leftbank art, colorful Surya rug, and textured white lamps.
The builder-grade home, which she has remodeled to make her own, has provided many learning experiences. For instance, she added a backsplash in the kitchen, changed out light fixtures, and landscaped the backyard, but creating her unusually large kitchen island was one of the most unexpected challenges.
The unique-shaped island, which was inspired by one she saw in a model home, is ideal for entertaining. “We wanted extra space between the kitchen and family room to have something unique that would fit many people,” she says.
Lerner, who has only been in the interior design business for four years, was excited to tackle projects on her own and learn along the way. With the island project, she learned about book matching, the precise practice of using mirror-image marble slabs to create a statement-making look.
“You need multiple slabs to achieve it,” she says. “At first, I wasn’t sure if I was going to love it but it was a big learning opportunity.”
The grey-veined marble she chose for the island is now one of the stand-out features in the home.
In the family room, she splurged on a custom-made down-filled navy sofa from Moss Studio. The room includes a Bungalow 5 coffee table, Jaipur rug, and side tables from Nuevo + Interiors.
“I had never had a custom sofa before,” she says. “ I wanted it in my home so that I could sell this idea of going custom to my clients.”
As Lerner’s home doubles as her business’ headquarters, she wanted to make sure potential clients were getting a look into her talents as a designer. One of her favorite ways to transform her home has been through wallpaper. The primary bedroom includes a purple Anthropologie wallpaper with a mystifying pattern.
“I fell in love with it,” she says. “Purple and navy is such a cool color combination that you don’t often see,” she adds.
The purple tones complement the navy found elsewhere in the en-suite, and the bed—a classic silhouette—works with a variety of styles, which Lerner gravitated toward for its flexibility.
While the bedroom boasts colorful textiles, black-and-white polka dot wallpaper from Caroline Cecil Textiles makes a splash in her front office, which fits her ever-growing team of five.
“I love working out of my home and everyone likes that it is comfortable and approachable,” she says. “It’s the new norm and we are embracing what works for us.”
While the home is spacious, Lerner is actually in the process of moving into a new home with a larger floor plan that will accommodate the growth of her business.
When it comes to outdoor spaces, Arizonans prioritize outdoor living as much as indoor living. For the yard, Lerner created talking points that included a barbecue area with a waterfall feature and a bright pink grill. She also leaned toward using unique furniture brands for special pieces that are not often seen in outdoor furniture.
Another unique addition? “We have a couple of art vendors that do outdoor art,” she says. “It was great to make that wall have more interest as it didn't have much landscaping.”
Cane-back chairs from Summer Classics, elegant pool floats, and a fire pit custom built to include space for her and guests to enjoy a bottle of wine and charcuterie board finish off the outdoor entertainment area.